DATE POSTED: Saturday, May 20, 2023, and I was blessed to be at O’Brien, FL when God inspired me to write this blog post. If short on time to read my devotional, please consider visiting Apple Podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nuggets-from-gods-word/id1558668439.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE FROM THE The Passion Translation (TPT) IS FOUND IN Proverbs 6:16-19
THE BIBLE TEXT IS: There are six evils God truly hates, and a seventh that is an abomination to him:
(1) Putting others down while considering yourself superior, (2) spreading lies and rumors, (3) spilling the blood of the innocent, (4) plotting evil in your heart toward another, (5) gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong, (6) spouting lies in false testimony, and (7) stirring up strife between friends. These are entirely despicable to God!
MY INITIAL THOUGHTS: As an employee, I despised self-evaluations, but as a supervisor, I loved to hear the ratings by my employees in their self-evaluations! This caused us to take time to examine ourselves and be honest through what we really knew deep down inside. I feel like today’s Scripture gives us 7 areas of life to perform a self-evaluation on ourselves before we bow at Jesus’ feet and hear His judgment on these areas of our life. Take time to perform your self-evaluation today!
APPLICATION OF THE WORD: In the business world I discovered several kinds of employees, when it came to evaluations. Some would not complete a self-evaluation, because they already knew they exceeded expectations in every area of their job description! Some completed an evaluation, but they did just as I already described – they rated themselves either ‘very good’, or ‘excellent’ in all categories. Then there were some who really took their self-evaluation seriously and often rated themselves more critically than their supervisor. I remember offering to lower my rating to match theirs a few times, but the employee asked me not to!! But it was obvious that supervisors saw what the employee wanted you to see, while employees knew deep inside what they felt about their performance. Friends, if the world knew us half as good as we know ourselves deep inside, they would understand our mindset while performing some of our job requirements. Some religious scholars might try to encourage you by saying that we need not heed to these instructions that Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs, but only pay attention to what God said personally, and through His Son, Jesus. However, I subscribe to the thought of other scholars who will tell you that God allowed every word we read in His Book of Instruction, as they were uniquely inspired by Him for our good. Employees questioned, and often we too will ponder, why on earth are these rules in place and expected of us? But let’s never forget that it was God who created us. and it was He who also had a plan in mind for us to spend all eternity with Him. In giving us the freedom to live here on earth for a time, He knew we would face the temptations of the evil one and the misgivings of the ones who choose to give Satan rule over their life. For those who choose to accept Jesus as Lord, God wanted us to have His very special guidebook (the Bible) where we might learn about His ideals, His desires, His wisdom, His guidance and His love that permits Him to willingly be our guide while here on earth. This includes telling us the things that He dislikes and despises, such as in our Scripture verses today. Let me encourage you dear friends to pay close attention to what displeases our Maker, our Redeemer and our Everlasting King. I took the liberty of numerating each of the seven things mentioned in our Scripture. Please ask God to open your heart and your eyes to see if you need closer attention to either of these things. Do your self-evaluation today, so that when You meet Jesus face-to-face, He will be pleased to welcome you home to glory with the words we all anticipate – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’. It WILL be worth it all dear friends!
BLESSINGS WORTH NOTING: Knowing what God hates should help us strive to please Him in every way, in every walk of life, every day!
PRAYER BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Thank You Lord for creating us in your own image, and in Your perfect will. Allowing us to live in this world with all of its troubles, and with so many led by the evil one, has left us doing things that I’m sure has disappointed You. Especially after being reminded by today’s Scripture of the things You hate and that are considered despicable to You, we can only hang our heads in shame, knowing that we have failed in so many ways. However, through Jesus Christ, we can do all things and be perfect in Your sight, if we allow the Holy Spirit to control our minds, our actions and our feelings towards others. So, precious Lord, I plead with You to open our minds, our understanding and our heart to desire a life pleasing to You. I know that in Your strength, You can do ALL things, so please help us to keep focused on what You desire of us. Direct us towards Your Word each day, so that we could read all that You outlined for us. I believe that it’s only through Your power and our submissiveness that we will overcome this world and the evil one. Touch the lives of the unsaved that may happen across this devotional, Lord. Draw them to Yourself before it is too late. AMEN!
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